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Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant Review: Mark’s American Cuisine is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. It’s housed in a former 1920’s church with soaring ceilings, and the building went through several personas before Mark and Lisa Cox opened their restaurant in 1997. Restored to its original beauty, the space boasts the Cloisters main dining room, private rooms and the semi-private Loft --- the original choir area that overlooks the main floor. Amidst the candlelit tables and hand-painted Deco walls you’ll find socialites and power players at both lunch and dinner enjoying seasonally inspired dishes. Starters might be a duo of foie gras torchon or roasted Onset Bay oysters, while entrées could be grilled Scottish salmon with coconut risotto or roasted Muscovy duck breast bathed in berries and cherries. End the meal with a dessert from pastry chef Sam Major (ordering his cakes to-go is a River Oaks tradition). Wine director Cathy Nguyen oversees an extensive, and expensive, wine list.